1896 Jan 23. Born Poole, Dorset.
1901 census at 55, Emerson Road, Poole St James
1911 census at 11 Emerson Road Poole
1916 Jul 16 Landed in France
1918 Jan 6. Commissioned.
1919 Jul 6. .RGA. The undermentioned 2nd Lt. to be .Lt. : — J. W. Hescroff.
1921 Apr/Jun Married Frances May Lampard in Shaftesbury, Dorset
1920 Oct 20. Joined ADRIC with service number 801. Posted to J Coy
1920 Dec 24. Promoted Section Leader.
1922 Jan 18 He was one of 6 representatives of ADRIC men to sign the Dispersal Terms
1922 Jan 23. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC
1923 Sep 15. He and his wife are on the manifest of SS Orsova bound for Australia, but they were crossed off, indication that they did not travel.
1924 Sep 28 Arrive in Canada from UK. His intention is to settle in Canada.
1924 Dec 18. Arrives in UK from Montreal. Of 47 St Johns Pk Rd, Highgate. Occupation "nil". With his wife Frances M Hescroff. Travel 3rd class.
1939 He is secretary of Associated Road Operators, Ltd.
1939 Register. He is a Haulage Contractor living at 14-20 Station Road , Aldershot
1950 He is Sec of southern area of Road Haulage Association
1961 Mar 31. Retired as Sec of southern area of Road Haulage Association. The RHA trade magazine reported
HEREBY issue a warning to all the fish in Poole, Dorset, area. Watch out! By the end of March, Mr. J. W. Hescroff will have retired as secretary of the Southern area of the Road Haulage Association. His avowed intention is "to catch some fish." For nearly 25 years, Mr. Hescroff has devoted himself to the interests of hauliers in that part of the country and has had little time for himself. Now he hopes to do all the things he has always wanted to do. Another retirement-time pursuit will be yachting. He has no intention, he tells me, of deserting all his friends around Poole after he retires, and is to still live there. A long way back, about 1932, Mr. Hescroff was a haulier. He was a founder member of the old R.H.A. southern area, and in 1936 agreed to take over the secretaryship temporarily. Some " temporary " arrangement! He lived through the A.R.O. days, still at it, and after the war saw the R.H.A. once again come back.
1967 Jun 6. Died in Poole, Dorset. A fairly wealthy man.